Divine Hot chocolates, desserts, or coffee and chocolates. We are famous for our italian denso (our thick rich hot chocolate), which is available in double chocolate, mexican spice, or chilli.
Our submarinos which are hot steamed milk with chocolate bars melting into the milk available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet 70% chocolate, praline chocolate, white chocolate, sugar free (diabetic) chocolate, and also flavoured e.g. creme de menthe which is dark chocolate with green peppermint syrup.
Coffees galore, teas whole leaf in variety of flavours, then cakes, cold sweets like passionfruit parfait, hot fudge sundae or death by chocolate. Hot desserts like sticky date pudding, or chocolate steamed pudding and a range of waffles cooked fresh. Gluten free waffles are also available.
From the cabinet you can choose from over 100 Gourmet Chocolates, truffles, liqueur, non liqueur, nutty rochers, and pralines.
Chocolates are bought in from 7 local chocolatiers (mostly trained in Europe) and all using Belgian Barry Callebaut Chocolate which is imported and then tempered and converted into finished products here in New Zealand using our Unique and local ingredients for the centres creating Handmade works of art.
Valrhona is imported from France
Cavalier (sugar free diabetic) from Belgium
Many seasonal lines are brought in but not in stock year round.
What makes us different?
Our business began in 1996 as a small chocolate pop up shop. We travelled the world extensively seeking out good chocolate brands, and decided to hand make our chocolates here in New Zealand using Barry Callebaut chocolate from Belgium and fresh and local ingredients for the fillings. Pop in and try our handmade works of art!
The deserts here are delectable, top it off with a coffee or a hot chocolate and you'll be jumping down the street on a sugar rush for the rest of the day. This place is really awesome, take your kids, don't worry about the sugar, they will love the treats in store. It's surrounded by some lovely shops and galleries too so you can make a bit of a day of it in Parnell!
Wow love you guys, yes you hit the nail on the head, my fav too. Freshly cooked waffles - nothing nicer and we do them gluten free. Try adding you own personalised touch, like chocolate waffles with banana, or berry/chocolate waffles. The denso is truly to die for, glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for taking the time to review.
One of the best places to get your dessert from, the prices are good and the taste is good. If your a chocolate lover then you definitely need to try the Denso. The only thing that I don't like about the store is that its too small, a lot of the time I go there it is packed with people and there are no spare tables. If they went for a bigger store then it would definitely be a 5 star for me plus a lot more people would come.
Thanks so much for your review, and yes we wish we had more space at night especially, during the day it is very quiet. From 8.15pm normally it gets very busy.
Most customers are great in that when they see customers waiting for seats and tables and they have eaten they will vacate the table, which moves things along nicely, it is difficult when customers will sit for up to 3 hours on a pot of tea. We do our best to please. With the new extension we have more than doubled our space so the wait is not as long. On a nice evening sitting out on the back deck with the night lights and view of the city scape it is amazing. You customers rock when you give us such good feedback. We have no where else to go to at present to extend, and it took us years to get the space we have just got, but it is so good.
A fabulous place for some chocolate treats but some really yummy smoothies and frappes too. We were a group of 12 and sat on the balcony. Service was smooth and all our selections were delicious. Totally agree about the Italian Denso...the spoon can stand upright in the cup!!!